CT Politicians Express Outrage Over Inaction on Sandy Bill

Members of the state Congressional Delegation took to the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday to lament the lack of action on the bill that would have sent aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The fiscal cliff may have been avoided, but for those waiting on relief from Congress for damages caused by Hurricane Sandy, the New Year's Day congressional session offered nothing but disappointment.

While the House of Representatives finally agreed to a last-minute compromise that cancelled out the tax hikes the majority of taxpayers would have faced for the new year, it failed to take action on a bill that would have provided aid to those who suffered damages from the historic Oct. 29 storm.

The Hartford Courant reports that three of the state's congressional representatives — Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, Joseph Courtney, D-2, and Jim Himes, D-4, took to the House floor Wednesday morning to condemn its inaction.

The reaction after the hurricane by first responders, caregivers and local officials was stellar, Courtney said, according to the report in The Courant.

"The only place that hasn’t acted is the House of Representatives, which last night, in the dark of the night, the speaker announced that he was abandoning the people of Northeastern America and allowing the Hurricane Sandy relief bill to die,” Courtney said.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had urged Congress to act swiftly on the bill, said Wednesday that he had spoken to House Speaker John Boehner and was assured the bill would be brought up sometime this month, according to WCBS Newsradio 880.

“Your decision to postpone consideration of a disaster supplemental until after the 113th Congress commences likely delays delivery of relief for months, and therefore delays the process of rebuilding from Sandy,” Gov. Malloy wrote to Boehner Wednesday. 

“It sends a terrible message to the citizens of the affected states that the leadership of the House of Representatives feels no sense of urgency, with winter upon us, to aid fellow citizens in their great time of need as the Congress has done time and again when other natural disasters have devastated communities elsewhere in the country.”

Cliff Cuming January 03, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Nonsense...the original proposal was 80 billion dollars. The senate pared that down to 60 billion. They wisely decided to not rush the vote and commit to this bag of pork. They instead decided to vote on piecemeal funding. Did you know Goldman Sachs requested several million dollars to repair their financial district building's flooded basement, that Alaska's fishery project is included in the 60 blloion? Blame the dopey legislators that put together this free lunch. Florida's hurricane cost 7 billion to repair.
S Tadik January 03, 2013 at 08:38 PM
The House was a little busy around New Year's Day. Much of the delay was due to President Barack Obama, who mistakes our form of government for a monarchy and to the Tea Party zealots who fail to understand that persistent, unwavering but moderate pressure will discipline the nation without a major fit. Just because he won the election doesn't give President BO dictatorial powers. He gets to propose courses of action to Congress and among themselves -- with their egos and bickering -- they muddle along and pass laws. Our government was designed to work in an atmosphere of begrudging cooperation. It will never be smooth or efficient. The money will flow but in the meantime, has FEMA spent all of the money available?
Alethiologist January 09, 2013 at 11:34 AM
read this for an informed view http://e360.yale.edu/feature/hurricane_sandy_relief_bill_fails_to_face_coastal_realities/2606/


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